Sunday, February 11, 2007

Have you gotten one of these?

I get emails all the time from various persons whose names I don't recognize, and in the subject of the email is a phrase that sounds like it would be from someone I know.

For example:
"I was supposed to see you that day, after school."
"Hey you"
"Thanks for the good time"
"Have you seen this?"

My initial thought is usually, "Huh? I know I don't know that person." Then, "Why would they use a subject like that?"

I know why they bother ... to get me to open the email. Do I do it? Yep--a little nervously for fear that I will be opening a virus, but my curiosity won't allow me to ignore an email since my forgetfulness makes it possible that I do actually know the person but don't remember the name and my polite-ness would hate to be rude and ignore an email from someone I might know. And, of course, the body of the email is about mortgage insurance or some kind of drugs (prescription, I think--I hope) or some other nonsense. Just the fact that the subject does not match up with the body is enough to make me think "SPAM."

I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that these people use a subject that will do exactly what it did: draw me in, make me curious enough to open it even though I don't recognize the name of the sender. They were counting on me being a sucker and I delivered. I don't think my email service would allow a virus to come through on the email itself and I would never open an attachment from someone I didn't know, so I think my computer will be safe from whatever virus they might be trying to send. I think for the most part these people are trying to sell me something, but they know that if the subject says, "Hey, we want to sell you something," I'm much less likely to read what they have to say.

How often does the Devil use these tactics in our lives? He's pretty sneaky, isn't he? He doesn't whisper in your ear, "Hey, I really want you to be unhappy in life and I want to separate you from the love of your Father, so why don't you deny Him for me?" He says, "You oughta try this [insert sin], it's going to make you feel sooo good." "C'mon, you know you're going to love it." He lures us away under false pretenses, convincing us that whatever sin it is we are tempted by will make us feel better than what our Father's love can do for us--fulfill us, refresh us, save us.

As Neva reminded me, our God provides us many things, and one of those things is a way out when we're tempted. "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)


Neva said...

You are so right, satan is very sneaky--probably why he is called the father of lies. I get the same kind of emails and experience the same kind of frustration. I am thankful sin and satan's wiles still frustrate both of us too.
Peace, my sister

Trey Morgan said...

Lisa ... good thoughts .. I too get frustrated with those little email people. The really frustrate me. There's 42 candidates running to be our next president of the US. The one that vows to do away with junk mail has my vote. And if he can do something with old Satan ... that'd be good too.. ha

Hope you had a good Monday ...

Kathy said...

Neva, guess knowing your enemy is half the battle,at least when it comes to fighting the nudges and enticements of satan. But emails? Who knows.

Mitchell used to say that the ring of the telephone and of the doorbell is not an order to answer, rather it is a petition to intrude on ones privacy and as such, we are not obligated to answer right then. Can we apply this to the spam email? If we could overcome our almost feline curiosity, it would help.

Same goes for Satan's enticements. We do have the right, we really must say, "NO! you will not invade my privacy, my life in Jesus." Or as Jesus said, "Get behind me, Satan!"

Thanks for the blessing of such good thoughts, Lisa. And thanks for stopping by my wee little blog too. I've so enjoyed your comments there.

Sounds good. Sounds like a solution. So why can we not do it more consistently?